Many tourists who come to this beautiful Peruvian city, do not know that it is located above 3,000 meters above sea level and that it is not uncommon to suffer from altitude sickness. Know this and other simple data that can help you avoid problems in this tourist area of the neighboring country.
The Peruvian city of Cusco and the great citadel of Machu Picchu, are among the destinations that most attracts Chileans because of its proximity and tourist importance. However, many embark on this trip without taking into consideration some factors that are not minor at the time of arriving at this place and could even tarnish what they claim to be an excellent vacation. For that reason, here are five things you should know before starting this adventure, so you can be prepared to face them and not affect your vacation.
1.- Altitude Sickness It is not uncommon for tourists who arrive in the beautiful city of Cusco to suffer from problems derived from altitude, since it is located 3,399 meters above sea level. To avoid inconveniences, experts recommend travelers to arrive in the city and use that day to rest at the hotel and get used to the body’s lack of oxygen. The next day, they add, you can tour the city and take the tours they have planned.
2.- Weather Don’t be fooled by the weather, since this area of Peru is known for its intense and sudden precipitations. Those who have visited these lands always recommend walking with the traditional layers of plastic to protect themselves from the rains and clothes that allow you to shelter in case the temperatures drop. For those who want to avoid these inconveniences, it is recommended to travel between June and October, a period in which there is a more benign climate for visitors.
3.- Fundamental health for travellers who have just arrived in these lands is to take care of their food during the first few days. The recommendation is to avoid eating in abundance and making bad combinations of food, at least during the first 24 hours, and before any meal take a coca tea that helps digest the food better.
4.- Learn about tours Once in Cusco, you will have thousands of offers to get to know Machu Picchu and the most striking areas of the region. The advice is not to stay with the first program you are offered and study well the existing possibilities. This will allow you to save money and receive good attention, as well as getting to know the areas you are most interested in. Along with this, it is recommended to take a route that is in accordance with your physical capacity since it is not advisable to arrive tired to the citadel, since the adventure begins there.
5.- Security The city of Cusco must be one of the safest places in Peru. Given the continuous pilgrimage of tourists from all over the world, there is a network of police protection of local and national agency that gives much tranquility to visitors. However, it is always necessary that the traveler take their own security measures and avoid exposure to situations that can make you have a hard time.